Several years ago I found Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips in the Holiday baking section and decided to give them a try. The first batch I just used them in the chocolate chip cookie recipe I grew up making. They where okay, but I knew I could improve them. The next time I made them they where good warm but too crunchy once they cooled. The third time was the charm.
3/4 cup Butter Flavored Shortening
3/4 cup Salted Butter
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 cups Granulated Sugar
1/4 cup Sour Cream
1 T Pure Vanilla
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
5 cups Flour
2-10 oz Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips (You can substituent Andes Mints chopped up)
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Cream together shortening, butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Stir in sour cream, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix completely before stirring in flour. Once flour is completely incorporated stir in baking chips.
Scope 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inch balls on the the tray leaving plenty of room for them to spread out while baking. Bake for 6 1/2 minutes for 1/2 inch to up to 10 minutes for 1 1/2 inch balls until golden brown.